November 8, 2018

Programs will enhance mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts

Nov. 8, 2018, Sterling, Colo.—Northeastern Junior College is proud to announce that it has joined the JED Campus program in support of student well-being and mental health. The program is designed to identify opportunities to enhance emotional health and substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts on campus in order to ensure that schools have the strongest possible mental health safety nets.

By joining JED Campus, Northeastern demonstrates a commitment to the emotional well-being of its students. JED Campus schools embark on a multi-year strategic collaboration that not only assesses and enhances the work that is already being done, but helps create positive, lasting, systemic change in the campus community. The JED Campus program provides schools with a framework for supporting student mental health, as well as assessment tools, feedback reports and ongoing technical assistance from the JED Campus team of clinicians. The JED Campus program grants a membership seal to all schools that participate in the program in recognition of the school’s commitment to student mental health.

“We are very excited to be working with the JED Campus. Northeastern has a long history of caring for our students and being committed to their well-being and development into successful citizens,” stated Cindy Carey, Student Guidance Coordinator. “Northeastern believes that the student is the most important person on campus. Partnering with the JED Campus is an opportunity for us to enhance our services to students.”

“The college years are the age when many mental health issues first manifest, and it can be a time of significant stress and pressure,” said John MacPhee, Executive Director of The Jed Foundation. “JED Campus helps schools by working with them to survey everything their university is doing to support their students’ emotional health, and find practical ways to augment these efforts in a comprehensive way. We believe that the implementation of a campus-wide approach to mental health will lead to safer, healthier communities, and likely greater student retention.”

Northeastern’s membership in JED Campus begins with establishing an interdisciplinary, campus-wide team to assess, support and implement program improvements and taking a confidential, self-assessment survey on its mental health promotion, substance abuse, and suicide prevention efforts. Upon completion of the assessment, JED Campus clinicians provide schools with a comprehensive feedback report identifying successes and opportunities for enhancements. Over the course of four years, Northeastern will collaborate with the JED Campus team to help implement enhancements. All self-assessment responses and feedback reports are confidential. Thank you to the grant support from Colorado Health Foundation for making the Health Minds and Bodies program possible.

For more information on the JED Campus program, visit www.jedcampus.org.

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About JED Campus

JED Campus is a nationwide initiative of the Jed Foundation designed to empower schools with a framework and customized support to enhance student mental health and suicide and substance abuse prevention efforts. By becoming a member of the JED Campus Program, a school demonstrates a commitment to the emotional well-being of its students. JED Campus schools embark on a multi-year strategic collaboration that not only assesses and enhances the work that is already being done, but helps create positive, lasting, systemic change in the campus community.

About The Jed Foundation

JED is a national nonprofit that exists to protect the emotional health of our country’s 40 million high school and college students and reduce the risks of substance abuse and suicide. We collaborate with schools to enhance their mental health and suicide prevention programming and systems; develop expert resources and create powerful partnerships so that students have the support they need, when and how they need it; and educate and empower young adults, families and the community to take action for the cause. Together, we’re ensuring America’s students grow into thriving adults.

Learn more at www.jedfoundation.org. Check out our programs including: ULifeline (www.ulifeline.org), Half of Us (www.halfofus.com), Love is Louder (www.loveislouder.com), JED Campus Program (www.jedcampus.org), and Set to Go (www.settogo.org).